Welcome to America, Joe Joyce. The British heavyweight contender and former Olympic silver medalist is set to make his debut on US soil when he faces Georgian boxer Iago Kiladze on September 30th. In this preview we’ll be taking a look at both fighters’ chances of earning a win and the possible outcomes.
Joyce now has a 5-0 professional career, built on a devastating series of stoppages. The Londoner who previously fought under the wing of compatriot David Haye is now mentored by Abel Sanchez and edging dangerously close to the big names in the heavyweight division. We anticipate that a few quick wins under his belt, including knocking through Kilandze will catapult him into the running for a major payday by 2019.
Kiladze has a modest record with 26 wins and 3 losses, however, the European journeyman hasn’t tasted big-fight pressure until now; to put things into perspective, his fifth pro fight was against a Russian nobody with a record of just 1 win and 30 losses. Since then, Kiladze has advanced to reel off 21 further wins but notwithstanding a few setbacks of his own. Kalenga, Kownacki, and Hunter each managed to KO the Georgian with ease.
Joe Joyce v Iago Kiladze Tale of the Tape
|Joe Joyce||vs.||Iago Kiladze|
|198 cm||Height||192 cm|
|206 cm||Reach||201 cm|
|W, W, W, W, W||Last five fights||W, W, W, L, L|
Joe Joyce v Iago Kiladze Betting Odds
Odds on Joyce to win are simply not worth thinking about. The fight is going one way and it’s a question of when not if, the big man from Britain with the Mexican hat makes his statement. The Juggernaut is building up steam with every fight he steps into the ring for and eight rounds should be more than enough time for him to add to his run of fine form.
Joe Joyce to win by TKO/KO > High risk bet
We’re only tipping this betting market as high risk due to the long odds available. The bookmakers have Joyce pegged to score another KO and the Juggernaut has 8 rounds to accomplish that goal. So placing a stake here is worthwhile as an accumulator but not as a single bet. Take Joyce’s performance against Thomas, where he generated a lethal shot, power, timing, accuracy. Kiladze shouldn’t offer greater resistance, hence this method if victory all the more likely to happen.
Joe Joyce to win inside 4 rounds > Low risk bet
Sanchez’s influence on the evolution of Joyce’s fighting style is yet to be fully seen although we are expecting any considerable change to develop over the course of several fights. The British powerhouse knows what he likes and that’s often putting his man away early doors. Backing him to KO Kiladze before the halfway fight is a realistic market to wager on.
Joe Joyce to win in rounds 5-8 > High risk bet
Let’s call this fight for what it really is; Kiladze has a formidable record on paper but his pedigree is nowhere near that of Joyce. Predicting this fight to last more than 4 rounds is within reason, but it going beyond 6 is wishful thinking for those aiming to back this market.
Joyce vs. Kiladze Prediction
The obvious outcome is for Joyce to stop Kiladze before the scheduled end of the fight, and definitely in the first half, maybe in 3 or 4 rounds in. If Kiladze is intent on surviving and Joyce takes his time, it’s going to be a long-drawn out one-sided affair. But if Joyce fancies it, expect the same result but don’t blink or you’ll miss it.
How to Watch: When, Where and What Channel?
This eight-round heavyweight bout is part of the Premier Boxing Champions-televised card, broadcast on Fox Sports 1 and Fox Deportes. Expect the ring walks to start at around 9 p.m. ET, which is closer to 2pm for viewers in the UK.